School is starting! Going back to school as a premed usually means swallowing two bitter pills:
- Giving up that sweet, sweet leisure time and jumping into a crammed school, work, and volunteering schedule
- Dumping truckloads of money on back-to-school expenses: textbooks, MCAT prep, tutoring, etc.
Staying busy with activities relevant to your medical school application is a good thing, but you can avoid spending tons of money by using readily available money-saving options that will cut the cost of college big time.
Save Money on Textbooks
The moment the school year starts you can expect to kiss away $400 – $1000 on textbooks. Here are the alternatives.
Find the cheapest books at Bigwords.com
Bigwords.com compares textbook prices at hundreds of different online bookstores and locates the cheapest books available. It’s worth a try — they claim that you can save $1,000/year.
Buy or rent your books from amazon.com
Every year thousands of students resell their textbooks on amazon, and the huge supply of textbooks drives used book prices down very low. Be careful — buy your books as early as possible because shipping from a private seller can take a week or more.
You can also rent textbooks from amazon at super low prices. If you’re a tablet user consider renting newer textbooks in ebook formats and skip any shipping hassles.
Buy or rent your textbooks from Chegg.com
Chegg.com is another service that promises low prices on textbook rentals and sales. Run your textbook list through Chegg.com before you buy anything from your campus bookstore because you could save a ton of money.
Save Money on MCAT Prep
Is this year the year that you prepare for the MCAT? If it is, you’re about to drop some serious $$$ on MCAT prep, and if you don’t shop smart you could get royally shafted by the “big three” test prep companies.
Study independently before you buy an expensive MCAT course
Before you sign away upwards of $2,000 for a super-premium full-service live MCAT course, take the time to do some independent study and review. See where your MCAT game is weakest by enrolling in my Open Source MCAT Course and taking a free self-assessment and practice test.
The self-assessment and practice test will show you where you need to focus your energy, and the Open Source MCAT Course has 350 hours of online MCAT videos that are a great complement to, or replacement of, more expensive MCAT prep.
If you can independently study and pull down high practice scores you will save yourself thousands of dollars.
Another fantastic independent study alternative is StudentDoctor.net’s “SN2ED,” a 3-month study plan that thousands of premeds use every year as an alternative/supplement to expensive live courses. Take a look — it’s nearly as good as most expensive prep courses.
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